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How to create the best cocktails alcohol-free

When it comes to cocktails the global trends can change from elaborate to simple and back again. But with more than 16 million #cocktail posts on instagram it's clear that these mixed drinks are not going anywhere any time soon.

The thing that I love most about cocktails is that they are very easy to re-produce as mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails). But with literally hundreds of different cocktails to try, where is the best place to start? 

One option is to start with the cocktails that are trending around the world. Drinks International recently surveyed 100 of the best bars in the world to determine the best selling cocktails of 2021. 

The results were surprising with a number of classic drinks making the top ten, including the Negroni and Margarita

The best thing about this list is that all of these drinks can be recreated alcohol-free. In fact, with the right ingredients, some of these mocktails will rival the originals in terms of style and flavour. 

Here are the top ten along with our recipes.  

1. Old Fashioned 

Traditionally made by muddling sugar with bitters and water before adding whiskey this drink is best served with a twist of orange peel. You can easily recreate this drink with a non-alcoholic whisky such as Lyre's American Malt. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

Lyre's Old Fashioned Recipe

2. Negroni Mocktail

This classic cocktail is traditionally made with one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso and one part Campari. There are several ways to make an alcohol free Negroni, in fact, you can even find a ready to drink Negroni Spritz right here at Sans Drinks. 

My personal favourite is the Lyres Pink Negroni using Lyre's Pink London Spirit.

Mocktail: Lyres Pink Negroni

Lyre's Pink London Negroni Recipe

3. Margarita Mocktail

Now we're taking. I love Margarita mocktails so much that when I was picking the first cocktails to replicate in my Ms Sans mocktail range Margarita was top of the list. 

Ms Sans Margarita Premixed & Alcohol-Free

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There are lots of twists on the Margarita in our recipe section, but I can't go past this creative spin on Ms Sans. 

Mocktail: Ms Sans Spicy Margarita Mocktail

Spicy margarita Mocktail Recipe

4. Daiquiri Mocktail

The Daiquiri was created in Cuba at the end of the Spanish-American war and perfectly combines sweet and sour notes. This mocktail version uses Lyre's White Cane Spirit, which gets amazingly good reviews from Sans Drinks customers. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Daiquiri Mocktail

Daiquiri Mocktail Recipe

4. Dry Martini 

Perhaps it's the 007 effect, but this elegant drink has never been out of style. There are so many ways to make this sophisticated drink that we have an entire page dedicated to Martini Mocktails.

With so many to pick from it's hard to choose a favourite, but I do recommend this Wilfred's twist on the classic. 

Mocktail: Wilfred's Sec Martini

There are lots of ways to make an alcohol free Martini 6. Espresso Martini 

Created when a customer asked a bartender for a drink that would 'wake her up' this modern cocktail is traditionally made with vodka and coffee. There are numerous ways to make an alcohol free Espresso Martini and the introduction of Mr. Consistent Espresso Martini Mixer has made it super easy. 

But a great take on the Espresso Martini uses Seedlip, one of the first alcohol-free spirits to go mainstream. 

Mocktail: Seedlip Espresso Martini Mocktail

Mr Consistent Espresso Martini Mix is a great way to make a fuss free mocktail7. Mojito Mocktail

The Mojito has been a staple for non-drinkers for a while it's possible to create a full-flavoured, refreshing mocktail with just lime juice, mint, sugar syrup and soda water. But, having said that, a good non-alcoholic rum will take your mojito to the next level. 

If you're pressed for time you will be delighted to learn that the perfect alcohol-free Mojito does exist. Ms Sans Mojito is perfectly pre-mixed with a premium non-alcoholic rum, so all you need to do is add ice, soda and a sprig of mint. 

Ms Sans Mojito Premixed & Alcohol-Free

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There are several creative twists on the classic mojito using a variety of fruit flavours such as watermelon, lychee and passionfruit.

Mocktail: Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

8. Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour has been around for well over 100 years, although historians suspect that it was invented well before that to help ward off Scurvy on the high seas. 

There are a few different ways to make a Whiskey Sour Mocktail, but my personal favourite is the Ovant The Royal Sour. It's a bit of a twist on the original as Ovant Royal is a cross between a non-alcoholic whiskey and a non-alcoholic rum. 

Mocktail: Ovant The Royal Sour

Ovant The Royal Sour Recipe

9. Manhattan

The Manhattan is a twist on the old Fashioned (see No. 1). The difference is that the Manhattan substitutes sweet vermouth for sugar. This Fluere take on the Old Fashioned uses an orange syrup, but you could also use Lyre's Italian Orange. 

Mocktail: Fluere Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

Fluere Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

10. Aperol Spritz

Alcohol free Aperol Spritz alternatives have been hugely popular with Sans Drinks customers. I think it's because when it's made well it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the non-alcoholic version and the original.

There are several ready to drink Aperol mocktails, however, if you mix your own you can tweak the ingredients to suit your taste preference. This recipe, using my favourite (and best-selling) Thomson & Scott Noughty is my personal go-to Aperol Spritz recipe. 

Mocktail: Noughty Spritz

The thing that I love most about cocktails is that they are very easy to re-produce as mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails). But with literally hundreds of different cocktails to try, where is the best place to start? 

One option is to start with the cocktails that are trending around the world. Drinks International recently surveyed 100 of the best bars in the world to determine the best selling cocktails of 2021. 

The results were surprising with a number of classic drinks making the top ten, including the Negroni and Margarita

The best thing about this list is that all of these drinks can be recreated alcohol-free. In fact, with the right ingredients, some of these mocktails will rival the originals in terms of style and flavour. 

Here are the top ten along with our recipes.  

1. Old Fashioned 

Traditionally made by muddling sugar with bitters and water before adding whiskey this drink is best served with a twist of orange peel. You can easily recreate this drink with a non-alcoholic whisky such as Lyre's American Malt. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

Lyre's Old Fashioned Recipe

2. Negroni Mocktail

This classic cocktail is traditionally made with one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso and one part Campari. There are several ways to make an alcohol free Negroni, in fact, you can even find a ready to drink Negroni Spritz right here at Sans Drinks. 

My personal favourite is the Lyres Pink Negroni using Lyre's Pink London Spirit.

Mocktail: Lyres Pink Negroni

Lyre's Pink London Negroni Recipe

3. Margarita Mocktail

Now we're taking. I love Margarita mocktails so much that when I was picking the first cocktails to replicate in my Ms Sans mocktail range Margarita was top of the list. 

Ms Sans Margarita Premixed & Alcohol-Free

 

There are lots of twists on the Margarita in our recipe section, but I can't go past this creative spin on Ms Sans. 

Mocktail: Ms Sans Spicy Margarita Mocktail

Spicy margarita Mocktail Recipe

4. Daiquiri Mocktail

The Daiquiri was created in Cuba at the end of the Spanish-American war and perfectly combines sweet and sour notes. This mocktail version uses Lyre's White Cane Spirit, which gets amazingly good reviews from Sans Drinks customers. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Daiquiri Mocktail

Daiquiri Mocktail Recipe

4. Dry Martini 

Perhaps it's the 007 effect, but this elegant drink has never been out of style. There are so many ways to make this sophisticated drink that we have an entire page dedicated to Martini Mocktails.

With so many to pick from it's hard to choose a favourite, but I do recommend this Wilfred's twist on the classic. 

Mocktail: Wilfred's Sec Martini

There are lots of ways to make an alcohol free Martini 6. Espresso Martini 

Created when a customer asked a bartender for a drink that would 'wake her up' this modern cocktail is traditionally made with vodka and coffee. There are numerous ways to make an alcohol free Espresso Martini and the introduction of Mr. Consistent Espresso Martini Mixer has made it super easy. 

But a great take on the Espresso Martini uses Seedlip, one of the first alcohol-free spirits to go mainstream. 

Mocktail: Seedlip Espresso Martini Mocktail

Mr Consistent Espresso Martini Mix is a great way to make a fuss free mocktail7. Mojito Mocktail

The Mojito has been a staple for non-drinkers for a while it's possible to create a full-flavoured, refreshing mocktail with just lime juice, mint, sugar syrup and soda water. But, having said that, a good non-alcoholic rum will take your mojito to the next level. 

If you're pressed for time you will be delighted to learn that the perfect alcohol-free Mojito does exist. Ms Sans Mojito is perfectly pre-mixed with a premium non-alcoholic rum, so all you need to do is add ice, soda and a sprig of mint. 

Ms Sans Mojito Premixed & Alcohol-Free

 

There are several creative twists on the classic mojito using a variety of fruit flavours such as watermelon, lychee and passionfruit.

Mocktail: Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

8. Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour has been around for well over 100 years, although historians suspect that it was invented well before that to help ward off Scurvy on the high seas. 

There are a few different ways to make a Whiskey Sour Mocktail, but my personal favourite is the Ovant The Royal Sour. It's a bit of a twist on the original as Ovant Royal is a cross between a non-alcoholic whiskey and a non-alcoholic rum. 

Mocktail: Ovant The Royal Sour

Ovant The Royal Sour Recipe

9. Manhattan

The Manhattan is a twist on the old Fashioned (see No. 1). The difference is that the Manhattan substitutes sweet vermouth for sugar. This Fluere take on the Old Fashioned uses an orange syrup, but you could also use Lyre's Italian Orange. 

Mocktail: Fluere Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

Fluere Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

10. Aperol Spritz

Alcohol free Aperol Spritz alternatives have been hugely popular with Sans Drinks customers. I think it's because when it's made well it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the non-alcoholic version and the original.

There are several ready to drink Aperol mocktails, however, if you mix your own you can tweak the ingredients to suit your taste preference. This recipe, using my favourite (and best-selling) Thomson & Scott Noughty is my personal go-to Aperol Spritz recipe. 

Mocktail: Noughty Spritz

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